Re-watching "Buffy The vampire slayer" in 2017

  • 25.08.2017, 23:03

The first season of Buffy the vampire slayer aired in 1997, when I was only seven years old. I didn't understand much english at the time, and my mother wouldn't let me watch the show, so I would sneak up past bed time, sit quietly on the stairs and watch from there, hoping that she wouldn't notice me. The vampires never terrified me, but they did scare my older sister, who insisted I slept in her bed so she'd feel safer.

When all the other girls wanted to wear pretty dresses and be Disney princesses, I wanted to be just like Buffy. I didn't want to be a pretty girl, waiting for prince charming to come and find me. I wanted to be a strong girl, who could take care of herself. When all the other girls were pretending to be popstars and celebrities, I was pretending to be Buffy. As I watched Buffy and Angel fall in love on screen, I, too, wanted a vampire boyfriend. As I watched Willow practice witchcraft, I, too, wanted to learn how to cast spells. But, of course, I knew it was all fiction.

Once in a while there were a few episodes that gave me nightmares. One of them was "Killed by death" (season 2, episode 18), in which there's an invisible demon that only sick children can see. As someone who was often suffering from fever due to an allergic reaction, you can imagine how terrifying this was for me. Especially once the fever fantasies kicked in. I consider it a miracle that I didn't scare myself into an early heart attack when I was younger.
 

Re-watching Buffy as an adult makes me realize things I didn't notice as a child. Like how they used low quality cameras throughout all seven seasons, and how some episodes seem to be a quick fix, as in 'something went wrong, let's fix it with a spell'. I can't help but notice that the werewolf costumes look like they've been bough on some left over halloween sale.

Re-watching the show in 2017 also makes me wonder if it was the love story between sixteen year old Buffy and the two-hundred-and-something year old vampire Angel that inspired the writers of modern vampire movies such as the twilight saga and the vampire diaries.

As a twenty six year old I can also understand many of the sexualized jokes in the show, that I didn't understand when I was younger, and appreciate how creative the show really is.

Even today there are some epsiodes that gives me the creeps. Such as "hush" (season 4, episode 10) and "normal again" (season 6, episode 17). There are episodes that breaks my heart, such as "passion" (season 2, episode 17) and "the body" (season 5, episode 16), and there are characters that I appreciate even more now than I did when I was younger, and relate to on a much deeper level, such as Anyanka. 

 

DID YOU WATCH BUFFY WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER?
(if not, get season 1-7 here! DVD, area code 2; europe)
 

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6 Kommentarer

Svartrev

25.08.2017 kl. 23:17
Ah, jeg var en kjempestor Buffy-fan selv. Hadde et nostalgisk maraton for muligens 5 r tilbake, og som deg s la jeg ogs merke til ting jeg ikke tenkte stort over i mine yngre dager. Og jeg hadde helt glemt at Nathan Fillion spilte bad guy i en sesong. Han er jo bare god og snill (Castle) i mine yne.

Og det er nok ingen p hverken film eller TV som kommer til overg den hplse kjrligheten til Buffy og Angel. Jeg regner med du har sett Angel-serien ogs? Episoden "I will remember you" gav meg et lite hjerteknus. Dog syns jeg faktisk Buffy og Spike var et ganske henrivende par ogs, noe jeg ikke syntes i det heletatt nr jeg var yngre.

Og jeg er helt enig i at "Hush" var ganske s creepy. Nei.. n fikk jeg lyst til kjre igang et maraton igjen!

livingdoll

25.08.2017 kl. 23:27
Svartrev: Det synes jeg du skal gjre! :D Angel-serien har jeg dessverre ikke ftt sett enda. Det var ingen i familien som s p Angel, s da ble det vanskelig snike seg til det, kan man si. At mamma dessuten var helt nazi p dette med aldersgrenser hjalp ikke srlig mye, det heller.

Men har faktisk vrt inne p tanken om bestille hele serien fra cdon ;) Anbefales den? Hvordan er den i forhold til Buffy?

Svartrev

25.08.2017 kl. 23:36
Angel-serien er p langt nr like bra som Buffy..! Men det er veldig verdt f med seg den episoden jeg snakket om "I will remember you", da det p en mte gir deg en slags closure p Bangle-forholdet - selv om det er ganske heartbreaking :/

Angel-serien ble jo flettet inn i Buffy-episodene, s sikkert litt interessant om man orker (evt. klarer) henge med p nr denne flettingen skjer.

Men snn alt i alt s fler jeg ikke at Angel er verdt bruke penger p :/ Og avslutningen p den serien er s utrolig skuffende! Ogs har Angel og Cordelia en greie og.. nei.. den var bare katastrofe.

livingdoll

25.08.2017 kl. 23:49
Svartrev: Kjenner jeg ble veldig nysgjerrig p avslutningen n, i alle fall. Please ikke si at det er snn teit avslutning der alle dr, eller vkner opp og hele serien bare har vrt en drm? Det ville vrt skuffende.

Angende Angel og Cordelia.. Vedkommende som kom opp med spleise dem, m ha vrt ruset. o.O

Svartrev

25.08.2017 kl. 23:55
Nei, det er en annen type skuffelse. Du sitter mer og tenker "that's it..?" Virket som om de som skrev serien bare bestemte seg for brslutte.

Ja, det tenkte jeg ogs, men nr sant skal sies s vokser Cordelia veldig ila serien. Men det blir bare feil uansett :s

livingdoll

25.08.2017 kl. 23:58
Svartrev: N sitter jeg igrunn med s mange sprsml at jeg nesten bare m kjpe serien, kjenner jeg xD

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